What Does Romans 12:1 Mean?

Therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship.

Romans 12:1(HCSB)

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Having thoroughly and systematically presented every aspect of the glorious gospel of salvation, and the eternal foundation of God's amazing grace upon which these everlasting truths rest, Paul earnestly urges believers in Christ to practically apply all that he has taught in this weighty epistle to the Romans, by presenting our bodies to the Lord as a living sacrifice.

As fallen sinners, the grace and mercy we have received from God is without comparison, and in the light of God's amazing love towards each one of us, we are encouraged to offer our bodies, our lives, ourselves, our very being as a living, breathing, holy sacrifice to the Lord. 

We are saved entirely because of God's wonderful grace. There is nothing we can do to repay God, but surely in the light of its eternal glories and benefits we can offer ourselves to Him in love and gratitude, by presenting our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God, for this is our spiritual worship.

The moment we were born from above, the Holy Spirit took up residence within our mortal bodies, and we have become His holy temple. Surely we should recognise the enormous privilege this affords, and willingly consecrate ourselves body, soul, and spirit, to the Father, day by day.

This is not a command, for God wants our love and service to be rendered freely and willingly, but in light of the inestimable riches of God's free grace which He has poured out in great measure on fallen sinners simply because we trusted in Christ as our Saviour, surely it should be our joy and delight to present our bodies, day by day, in spiritual worship as a living sacrifice - holy and pleasing to the Lord.

My Prayer

Lord, take my life and let it be consecrated to You. Take my life my Lord, I pour my life out as a living sacrifice to You. Praise Your holy name for the amazing gift of salvation that You have given to me, by grace through faith. You alone are worthy of my love and praise forever and ever. In Jesus' name, AMEN.

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